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1 suspect dead, another on the run in knife massacre in Canada: police


A suspect is dead and a second remains at large following a series of stabbing attacks that killed at least 11 people in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan on Sunday, police said.

As of Tuesday morning, authorities continue to search for 30-year-old suspect Myles Sanderson, who may be injured and seek medical attention, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. He is believed to still be in the provincial capital of Regina and is considered armed and dangerous, police said.

“The public should take appropriate precautions,” said Saskatchewan RCMP. wrote in a Twitter post Monday, along with a photo of the suspect still at large. “Do not approach suspicious people and report any information to your local police and 911 emergency services.”

Assistant Commissioner Rhonda Blackmore speaks next to images of Damien Sanderson and Myles Sanderson during a press conference at Royal Canadian Mounted Police “F” Division Headquarters in Regina, Saskatchewan on September 4, 2022. Police say the couple allegedly stabbed and killed several people at various locations between James Smith Cree Nation and the village of Weldon, northeast of Saskatoon, and are currently at large.

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Her brother, 31-year-old suspect Damien Sanderson, was found dead Monday in a very grassy area near the stabbing sites, close to a house that investigators were examining. The body had “visible injuries”, which, according to RCMP Commandant Assistant Commissioner Rhonda Blackmore, “are not believed to be self-inflicted at this point”. The exact cause of death was unknown.

It was the first time that Canadian authorities had identified the two suspects as brothers.

The two men are accused of carrying out a deadly stabbing attack on an Indigenous community in Saskatchewan on Sunday, which also left 19 people injured. The massacre took place between James Smith’s Cree Nation and the town of Weldon, located northeast of Saskatoon, according to police.

Investigators believe some of the victims were “targeted” while others were “randomly attacked”, Blackmore said.

1 suspect dead, another on the run in knife massacre in Canada: police

A police forensic team investigates a crime scene after several people were killed and injured in a series of stabbings in Weldon, Saskatchewan on September 4, 2022.

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Saskatchewan RCMP received their first 911 call about a stabbing at James Smith Cree Nation, about 20 miles from Weldon, around 5:40 a.m. local time Sunday. Within minutes, police received several more calls from multiple locations. In total, victims were found at 13 different locations on the sparsely populated reservation and in the city, according to Blackmore.

The motive for the attacks is still under investigation.

Multiple alerts were sent to the cellphones of residents in the Saskatchewan area, asking them to stay indoors and be vigilant.

“To the people of Saskatchewan and beyond, rest assured that we are using every human, investigative and technological resource at our disposal to locate and arrest those responsible for this tragedy and to ensure your safety,” Blackmore said in a statement. a press release on Monday. . “Hundreds of Saskatchewan RCMP personnel are dedicated to this investigation.”

1 suspect dead, another on the run in knife massacre in Canada: police

Canadian police say multiple people have died at 13 locations in two Saskatchewan communities.

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The Sanderson brothers were named suspects in the stabbings and were believed to have been traveling in a black Nissan Rogue, police said.

Charges have been filed and arrest warrants have been issued for the two suspects. Myles Sanderson is charged with three counts of first degree murder, one count of attempted murder and one count of breaking and entering a residence. Damien Sanderson is charged with one count of first degree murder, one count of attempted murder and one count of breaking and entering a residence, according to police. Other charges are expected.

Meanwhile, Saskatoon police have confirmed to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation that they have been looking for Myles Sanderson since May, when he violated parole by not meeting with his parole officer. He was classified as “illegally at large,” Saskatoon police told CBC.

Myles Sanderson was released on parole after serving a nearly five-year federal sentence for assault, robbery, mischief and uttering threats, according to CBC.

1 suspect dead, another on the run in knife massacre in Canada: police

Assistant Commissioner Rhonda Blackmore speaks as Regina Police Chief Evan Bray, left, looks on during a news conference at RCMP “F” Division Headquarters in Regina, Sask., on Sunday, September 4, 2022. Damien Sanderson and Myles Sanderson were allegedly stabbed and killed 10 between James Smith Cree Nation and Weldon, Saskatchewan and the couple are currently at large.

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Marco Mendocino, who is Canada’s public safety minister, told reporters on Tuesday he was concerned about what happened in Saskatchewan and the parole board’s decision to let Sanderson roam free.

“I’m extremely concerned about what happened here. You know, [the] The community is in shock following a massive number of tragedies and murders and that is fundamentally wrong,” he said. “We need to be transparent with Canadians to make sure this kind of thing never happens again. But right now, our top priority must be to support families.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau released a statement on Sunday saying, “I am shocked and devastated by today’s horrific attacks in James Smith’s Cree Nation and Weldon, Saskatchewan, which claimed the lives of to 10 people and injured many more”.

“As Canadians, we mourn with all those affected by this tragic violence, and with the people of Saskatchewan. We also wish a full and speedy recovery for those injured,” he said.

Anyone with information about the case or Myles Sanderson’s whereabouts is urged to call 911 immediately.

“We’re confident someone knows the whereabouts of these two and has information that would be helpful to law enforcement, and I urge you to contact your local police department to let us know,” the chief said. Regina PD, Evan Bray. in a statement Monday. “There’s a lot of grief, there’s a lot of anxiety in our province and in our communities this morning and all day yesterday, and really I think a big milestone for families and communities going through this will be to bring these two people to safety in custody.”

ABC News’ Aleem Agha, Luke Barr, Guy Davies, Matt Foster and Joseph Simonetti contributed to this report.

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